Being injured in an accident abroad can be traumatic. It can be confusing determining whether you should use a local or an Irish solicitor, and language barriers can add to the stress*.
However, if you were not to blame for the accident abroad, you may be able to claim for the injuries suffered and costs incurred. To enquire about your entitlement to claim, contact your trusted solicitor to discuss the process and answer any questions that you may have.
Accident and illness abroad claims guide
If you have been injured in an accident or suffered an illness abroad, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Here is a guide to help you with some of the questions you may have:
- How to claim damages for an accident or illness abroad: To start your claim, all you have to do is contact a personal injuries solicitor for an initial consultation. They will discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident or illness and advise you on whether or not you can claim
- Appearing in court abroad: When an accident or illness occurs in another country, you can often make the damages claim in Ireland, especially if the organisation involved is based here or in the EU. However, most claims are settled without the need for a personal court attendance, even after formal legal proceedings have been issued.
- Time to make a claim: Whereas in Ireland you may have two or more years from the date of the accident to make a claim, time periods may be shorter for accidents that occur in other countries, so consult your solicitor as soon as possible.
- Time to settle a claim: Claims may take months or years, depending on such factors as the complexity of the case, the level of damages involved, and whether the other party accepts responsibility.
Common Types of Accident or Injury Whilst Abroad
There is array of ways in which a person can suffer an accident resulting in injury whilst abroad. Below we take a look at some of the more common accident types and how to bring a claim for injuries arising from an accident.